National Newswatch

As Hard Power ramps up, Soft Power comes into its own

Aug 10 2017 — Glen Pearson — With “hard” power clearly in a resurgent mode, it’s time to focus more on “soft” power and the advantages it holds in balancing off some of the more frightening aspects of human nature. Fortunately, there are lots of resources to assist us, chief of which is the recently released The Soft Power 30 – an […]

Hunger vs Famine: A Vital Distinction

Aug 6 2017 — Glen Pearson — It’s one of the great ironies of our age – learning that millions are being lifted out of desperate poverty at the same time as millions more are falling into famine. Thanks to system change many of what are termed the “bottom billion” are finding their lives slightly improved. Yet it is also because of […]

Admit It, We’re All Trump Addicts Now

Aug 2 2017 — Glen Pearson — There’s no soap opera like it, or even a reality TV show that can compete with the sheer breadth of what’s going on in the Donald Trump administration.  And there’s no setting better than the White House, Capitol Hill, or rallies of thousands who largely support his rhetoric. Whether we are inclined to agree to […]

The Declaration Of Conscience

Jul 26 2017 — Glen Pearson — “Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong,” wrote Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower during a particularly troubling occasion during his tenure in office. How would he feel today, if he witnessed that sage advice being spurned by his own party? The Republican Party in America appears to […]

Payette’s Appointment Breaks New Ground – Again.

Jul 18 2017 — Glen Pearson — As appointments go, the choice of Julie Payette as Canada’s new Governor General was figuratively out of this world.  The former astronaut had completed two missions to the space station and spent seven years as the Canadian Space Agency’s chief astronaut.  But her qualifications were far more wide ranging: speaking six languages, commercial pilot, a […]

It’s Called “Civil” Society For a Reason

Jun 27 2017 — Glen Pearson — Numerous insights have been written in recent years regarding the eroding effect of partisanship on the political estate, most recently in America.  That’s too bad because it’s a red herring and frequently masks what is the real underlying cause of political dysfunction.  The fact that individuals hold opinions often at odds with others and support […]

The Real Strength of Canada’s Global Influence

Jun 12 2017 — Glen Pearson — So, Canada is bulking up, and with Foreign Affairs Minister Christia Freeland’s unfolding of a new global agenda in the House of Commons last week, there appears to be a serious amount of political capital, not to mention funding, going into the effort. It was substantial enough that columnist Susan Delacourt termed it a “manifesto” […]

Democracy In A Box

May 24 2017 — Glen Pearson — Those of us in the affluent West hold to the belief that certain political realities remain sacrosanct. Rule of law, political representation, will of the people, elections, civic duty – these have become so entrenched in our thoughts that we believe them immutable.  And situated at the peak is that one great word that encompasses […]

Good Politics is Essential To Who We Are As Canadians

May 9 2017 — Glen Pearson — John Buchan was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician who embarked on these three careers at roughly the same time.  His novel The Thirty-Nine Steps remains a classic.  He also just happened to be Canada’s 15th Governor-General (1935-1940).  A key to his long and diverse career is found in his autobiography: “Public life is regarded […]

Catch and Release

Apr 25 2017 — Glen Pearson — Author Chris Gould, in his Aristotle: Politics, Ethics and Desirability, made the rather sage observation that, “the best promises forever seem to be made by amnesiacs.”  Politics has frequently been measured as the distance between what a politician promises and what is ultimately delivered.  As voters themselves move all over the political map, those seeking […]

Canada’s Calling Card to a Troubled World

Apr 11 2017 — Glen Pearson — So Donald Trump has bombed a Syrian airfield – twice. Now what? So much has been written and discussed regarding what comes next, but in reality, no one knows – no one. It’s the tale of three presidents – Trump, Putin, and Assad – and the collective volatility of their temperaments confound pundits and average […]

The Governing Cancer of Our Time

Mar 28 2017 — Glen Pearson — In what could only be seen as a stunning defeat, the author of the Art of the Deal found himself unable to close.  Instead of “draining the swamp,” as he had promised, Donald Trump found himself drowning in it. Regardless of which side one stands on the recent showdown in Congress, the event signaled again […]